Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Hegel Q&A and Discussion Hangout Later Today

Every month we host two online Hegel Q&A and Discussion "Hangout"s - one for the general public, and one for my Patreon supporters of the project (both of them brought to you by those Patreon supporters' generous underwriting).

Today, from 3-4 PM Central Time, I'll be hosting the one for the general public - and that means literally anyone who has an interest in Hegel, German Idealism, post-Hegelian philosophy, or even philosophy more generally - you're all welcome!

We often veer off into other topics of conversation, ranging from contemporary events and politics, to my current crop of students, to ancient and medieval philosophy, to. . .  but, we do give priority to any questions, comments, or conversation that's more explicitly Hegel-related.

Here's the link you can use to get into the session.  You can come to chat, or even just to lurk and listen, if you like.  Hope to see some of you there!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

First Three Videos in "Dissemblance and Duplicity" Section

Now we start a new, second section of the "Morality" portion of the "Spirit" part of the work - "Dissemblance and Duplicity".  We pick up some of the seemingly paradoxical threads that already began to display themselves in the preceding section, and try to work them through entirely (and, if you know Hegel, you realize that this "entirely" is less of an ending point than an ideal!)

Why is this section titled with those terms?  In Hegel's German, it's actually just one term, "Die Verstellung", which could be rendered with either of those terms, or even "disguise".  You might ask who is engaging in dissemblance or duplicity - and what is being mis-represented (if you'd like to play off Vor-stellung) in that way.

At any rate, here are those three first videos. More yet to come in this section.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Final Four Videos In "The Moral View of the World"

We're making progress through this last big portion of the Spirit section, "Spirit That Is Certain of Itself: Morality."  With these four videos, we finish up the first portion of that section, "The Moral View of the World".

Who does Hegel have in mind here?  One might well think that his dialectical criticism is directed primarily at Immanuel Kant. But really, there's a much broader tendency in culture to identifying morality and duty over against our natural human inclinations and drive, and their satisfaction in happiness - more so in Hegel's time perhaps than in our own - that his discussion really bears upon.

Here are those four videos completing that section:

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Hegel Q&A and Discussion Session Later Today

Every month, I hold two online Hegel Q&A and discussion sessions.  One of them - for anyone in the general public  - is coming up later today, at 4 PM Central Time.  Here's the link you can use to get into the session, if you'd like to attend.

Everyone is welcome.  You don't need to have a background in Hegel, German Idealism, or even philosophy more broadly - just an interest to learn, to discuss, or even to lurk and listen!

I do give top priority to anyone who has questions or comments specifically about Hegel, so if you've got some, don't be shy - we'll address those right off.

I also offer a second Hegel Q&A and discussion session each month as a perk for Patreon supporters of the Half Hour Hegel project.  If that's something you're interested in - supporting my ongoing work - here's the link for that.

Monday, August 6, 2018

A Humorous Review of Hegel's Phenomenology

One of my Facebook followers sent a photo of a hilarious Amazon review of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit my way.  There have been so many mentions of that work as a sort of Bildungsroman for human consciousness that, quite frankly, I avoid that cliche.  (Spirit isn't really some juvenile coming of age - since there's no other big-S Spirits around to provide it a culture to come of age within - that's just to start).

There definitely is a narrative running through this work - after all, it's about this complex, ongoing, dialectical development of human consciousness through its own history, right?  And it arrives at a final point, the "end of history".  But that's all very big-picture, universal.

What if you misread the work as about a particular individual?  Then you'd get something like this perhaps: